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Performance Post: embracing new tech, working efficiently

This 30-year-old facility recently installed the Tachyon Wormhole for retiming work.

By Randi Altman

How do you get to celebrate 30 years as an independently owned post house in this industry? In addition to the obvious, such as quality work and servicing clients, you need to evolve your business with the needs of the industry.

Performance Post, a boutique-sized studio opened in 1984 by Fausto Sanchez, has re-invented itself a few times over the years. When they began, they were working with short-form content, such as promos. They then evolved into long-form work and everything in between, such as Continue reading

Quick Chat: Quantel’s Steve Owen on the purchase of Snell

By Randi Altman

As a follow-up to last week’s news that Quantel had bought Snell, we thought it would be a good idea to throw some questions at the UK-based company, which is not necessarily known for its history of acquisitions.

Steve Owen, Quantel’s marketing director, kindly took time out from what is likely NAB craziness to share some details how about the company’s path  led here.

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Quantel acquires Snell

Newbury, England — Quantel, a provider of news and sports production systems as well as high-end post tools, has acquired Snell. Snell specializes in broadcast and media technology providing a range of solutions for live TV production and the creation, management and distribution of content for TV on tablets, mobiles and Web.

According to Quantel, the purchase of Snell allows the combined business to offer customers a complete product range to create, version and deliver high-quality content efficiently across multiple platforms.

“This acquisition brings two great companies together to create a major new force in the global broadcast and media technology market. This will enable us to better serve Quantel and Snell customers around the globe,” said Ray Cross (pictured), executive chairman and CEO of Quantel. “Our product ranges are entirely complementary, so the excellent Snell and Quantel brands and product ranges will continue. We’ll be able to combine the best in class talent and technologies from Quantel and Snell to bring exciting new products and solutions to market to help our customers transform their businesses. More local offices across the world will enable us to build closer relationships with our customers and to offer even better support.”

“Paul Martin, managing director of the Snell TV Everywhere division and Robert Rowe, managing director of the Snell Live TV division will join the Quantel board to make sure it is business as usual for Snell customers,” continued Cross. Tim Banks, Snell sales director and Peter Fredericks, Snell finance director are also taking leading roles in the new combined organization. “I’m really delighted that the Snell and Quantel businesses have come together to increase the scale and scope for both,” said Simon Derry, outgoing CEO at Snell. “Under Ray’s leadership the combined business will be able to write a new and exciting chapter moving forwards. I look forward to supporting Ray during the important period of transition.”

“We will be creating a new world-class facility at the company headquarters in Newbury to produce the complete Quantel and Snell product range and we look forward to the new ideas generated when the two R&D teams start to interact,” said Cross.

Check out their FAQ here: http://www.quantel.com/snell

NetApp and Tekserve reach out to M&E community in NYC

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NEW YORK — Over the last 30 days, NetApp has been meeting casually with users and potential users on both coasts. During SMPTE in Los Angeles, they hosted a dinner with CTO/engineers from a variety of large post houses and film studios.

Last week in New York City, they held a cocktail party in conjunction with Tekserve (www.tekserve.com) – the goal was to talk about technology and the needs of the user. Techie types from HBO, Showtime, CBS Sports, Al Jazeera America, Prime Focus and others came together over food and drinks.

Tekserve, a leader in media and entertainment technology that provides workflow solutions and services to companies, is now offering NetApp (www.netapp.com) solutions to the market. “NetApp has a well-deserved reputation for performance and reliability in enterprise storage. We are excited to introduce their new products to the post production and broadcast community in the New York area,” says Tekserve CTO Aaron Freimark.

Jason Danielson, media and entertainment solutions, at NetApp, says, “Tekserve complements NetApp’s media storage portfolio with their trusted expertise at building production SANs combined with their practice in large-scale mobile device roll-outs. We look forward to a successful partnership.”

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